What Android or Windows 8 pen-equipped tablet should I buy for reading scientific papers, writing scientific papers, and taking notes? (Or is the app selection for the iPad sufficiently amazing that I should let it override my distaste for Apple's walled garden and the iPad's lack of an active digitizer stylus?) [more inside]
posted by fermion
on Jan 20, 2014 -
I'm beginning development of first iOS app and I aim to know as much as I can about what I don't know about app development. [more inside]
posted by j3nn1f3r
on Dec 19, 2013 -
I have an iphone. Today I will be getting a MotoX. I don't really know a lot about smartphones in general or Android in general (or hell, even ios really) except that I assume there are going to be a few hiccups in the transition. Help me avoid those hiccups! [more inside]
posted by phunniemee
on Dec 5, 2013 -
My mom, who recently sold her home and moved into senior housing, has expressed interest in owning some sort of computing device. She's basically computer illiterate, has never been on the internet, and has trouble using my TV remote control sometimes. Am I crazy to even consider getting her an iPad? [more inside]
posted by bondcliff
on Dec 2, 2013 -
I'm looking for an app for my 1st gen iPad (iOS 5) that can play soundfonts and respond to a USB midi keyboard plugged in via the Camera Connection Kit. Ideally I could also set it up to fade between two different soundfonts via the keyboard's mod wheel (perhaps by mapping it as a pan control). Is there such a thing? [more inside]
posted by moonmilk
on Nov 29, 2013 -
In spring of 2014 I will be getting an iPhone 5S. I cannot figure out how to get a plan that includes tethering so I can generate wifi for my non-cellular iPad mini. What will I need to do to activate that during my order (I am switching from Verizon to AT&T) and how do I find out how much it will cost in addition to my unlimited talk/text plus XGB of data? I have already contacted customer support and they have given me the same unhelpful stuff that's on the AT&T website.
posted by These Birds of a Feather
on Nov 16, 2013 -
I am interested in being alerted if and when jailbreaks to iOS 6.1.3/4 and iOS 7 are released, but I have no interest in the daily news about jailbreaks on the legitimate sites like iphonehacks.com or developers' twitter accounts. Is there an RSS feed or email service that will alert me if and only if a legitimate jailbreak is released? [more inside]
posted by crazy with stars
on Oct 4, 2013 -
This post about gadget fatigue
on the blue prompted this question. I just bought the most recent iteration of the iPad. I have an old iPhone and an even older MacBook Pro, and after less than 24 hours with the iPad, I’m getting the impression that the it's superfluous to my life. Please present arguments to the contrary
, so that I can make up my mind whether to return it.
(I've read this Ask
, and this Ask
, and this Ask
, but the tech changes so quickly that much of what is suggested there is dated, and plenty more apps/uses have come about since those were posted.) [more inside]
posted by A neighbourhood park all covered with cheese
on Sep 10, 2013 -
Does iOS 7 (beta) sync to iTunes 10.7 or will iTunes 11.0.x be required? I have held back on upgrading iTunes past 10.7, but I am wondering if I'll be forced to upgrade to 11.0.x once iOS 7 is released. I sync via USB on a Mac with 10.6.8.
I'm not inserted in WiFi sync and don't use iCloud.
posted by ridogi
on Aug 13, 2013 -
Hi there, I'm teaching my Dad in China to use his Chinese App Store account - His iPhone and iPad Mini are his MAIN cameras these days, and he loves taking photos. I'm a bit rushed as I have to leave China soon, and don't have to time to search through Chinese app reviews (I don't know Chinese well anyway). So, please can you recommend any iPhone and iPad camera and photo apps (paid or free) available on the Chinese App Store that you love. Impressive apps are good; Impressive AND easy to learn and use apps (my Dad is not very tech-skilled and doesn't like complicated instructions) are the greatest. Thanks very much for your tips!!!
posted by zresearch
on Jul 6, 2013 -
As of yesterday I no longer receive iMessages on my iPhone. I get them on my ipad and Mac, however. [more inside]
posted by krunk
on May 8, 2013 -
I am getting a Tablet for work, either a Nexus 10 or an iPad. I'm pretty well versed on the features and drawbacks for both, and I feel like if my other devices were either all Apple or all Google/Windows I'd make the choice based on matching my current device operating system ecosystem. BUT right now, each device I use has a different OS, so is there a better device to match my tablet operating system with? [more inside]
posted by midmarch snowman
on Apr 10, 2013 -
I have an iPhone5 and an original iPad, which I back up to my PC (running iTunes on Windows XP). However, now when I plug in either device to the PC and start iTunes, all the data is listed as "Other" (in an orange bar across the bottom of the window). Further, when I click "Back Up Now" the sync begins, then stops after a second or two with no error message. Can I recover from this without losing my data? [more inside]
posted by logopetria
on Apr 5, 2013 -
Android phone user considering a tablet purchase. Considering iPad mini or Nexus 7 and trying to determine pros and cons of staying with android or having access to the Apple realm. [more inside]
posted by sinical
on Dec 19, 2012 -
What are the best or most notable iOS apps and games that are only available on iPad, and not on iPhone?
posted by IndigoRain
on Dec 1, 2012 -
My parents own a WiFi only iPad and their internet connection isn't always on. Basically, they turn on the internet only when they want to use their iPad. Is there an app that can alert me (preferably via a push notification on my own iPad or iPhone) when they've gotten online?
posted by Effigy2000
on Nov 30, 2012 -
Do you have a workflow for cross-platform annotation (Android and iOS/iPad) of ebooks? Is there a particular note-taking app that will work with DRMed ebooks AND sync my notes across tablets? [more inside]
posted by lillygog
on Nov 20, 2012 -
I have an iPhone and iPad, both on iOS 6. Email works fine, but if I try and send a file from within any app, it looks like it works - but it doesn't. This is the case for the two different mail accounts I have set up (one Gmail, one Exchange) and it's driving me round the twist. [more inside]
posted by reynir
on Oct 25, 2012 -
As a person who has a good laptop and an iPhone, what uses for the iPad (2nd Gen, 16 gb) am I overlooking? Differences from this question
under the fold. [more inside]
posted by griphus
on Aug 28, 2012 -
I'm a very happy owner of a new iPad. I also have the cheap, Chinese knockoff equivalents of the Apple Camera Connection Kit (1 for CF cards, another for SDHC and variants). They work great and cost me next to nothing. I shoot raw and fine quality jpeg pictures. How can I transfer only
my jpegs to the iPad without tranferring the raw files (in this case .NEF at the same time? [more inside]
posted by imjustsaying
on Aug 16, 2012 -
Is there a web-based (or Mac+iOS) outlining tool which allows you to enter a task or item to be placed on the outline without selecting which section it should go into first - but is able to quickly assign that task or item to a section from the keyboard without a cut and paste operation? [more inside]
posted by I EAT TAPAS
on Aug 7, 2012 -
Now I've signed up to iTunes Match, the only thing my iPhone and iPad sync with iTunes for is apps. Is there any point in me continuing to do this? Or can this be turned off and the apps deleted? What are the downsides if I do this? [more inside]
posted by Richard Holden
on Jul 17, 2012 -
Is there an iOS app that shows the received signal strengths of GLONASS satellites? [more inside]
posted by Juffo-Wup
on Jul 16, 2012 -
I want to make an interactive children's book app for iOS. I will be doing all the artwork and animation myself but don't know what would be a fair price to pay for a developer (coder?). [more inside]
posted by bonobothegreat
on Jun 6, 2012 -
I've got a Canon 5D, an iPhone, and an iPad. What's a good on-the-go solution for uploading photos while bike touring? [more inside]
posted by mathowie
on May 22, 2012 -
Are there any mobile apps that support community/collaborative remix? Apps that go beyond your own social network (i.e. Facebook/Twitter sharing), but post to their own public community. There are thousands of sites like that on the web, but the only ones I can find on iOS are Mixel
and Make Pixel Art
, and that seems crazy
posted by waxpancake
on May 9, 2012 -
I'm in the front passenger seat with my iPhone. My six year old son is in the back seat with an iPad. What turn-based games can we play, each using our own device. The iPad does not have an Internet connection. [more inside]
posted by alms
on Apr 19, 2012 -
How can I manage event guest lists on the ipad? Need to check people in as they arrive. [more inside]
posted by kdern
on Apr 12, 2012 -
I currently use an HP Touchpad running Android ICS. I've come to love having a tablet and the HP does most of what I need. But I've been thinking of upgrading to the iPad 3. Worth it? Pros/Cons? [more inside]
posted by cuddles.mcsnuggy
on Apr 11, 2012 -
A friend of mine is moving to an all-iOS home infrastructure:
- airprint printer
- Apple TV
No computer. Their died and they're not buying a new one.
They don't have much or any local music or video content, but do have a ton of photos (like over 16GB by some large amount).
What's the best way that you can think of, without them having to buy a computer, of storing photos and sharing them amongst all of their devices and with other people. Interested in hearing about both free and paid services. Also interested in camera app recommendations, other app recommendations, and service recommendations.
gives some interesting camera app recommendations and I'll send that to him as well.
posted by reddot
on Mar 20, 2012 -
Looking for recommendations for beautiful, unique, high-quality iPad apps (and/or references to sites that share lists of such apps). [more inside]
posted by sprocket87
on Mar 20, 2012 -
I can't be the only person on Metafilter who's succumbed to temptation and gotten their new iPad today. So now that I have it, what apps will make it extra awesome? [more inside]
posted by psycheslamp
on Mar 16, 2012 -
Numbers for iOS: how to recalculate a spreadsheet on command? Like, if a cell contains a RAND or a RANDRANGE function, how to get it to produce a different random number besides reentering the formula? As near as I can tell it just sits there with the same value forever, no matter what else I do.
posted by JHarris
on Jan 30, 2012 -
In short: how do I sync all my contacts between Mac OS X Address Book, iOS, iCloud.com, and Gmail.com? Not as short: In olden days, I used the Address Book app on my Mac to store all my contacts. Everything in there would sync to MobileMe (and by extension, iPhone, iPad and me.com) and Google (for Gmail). After iCloud was released in October, turning on contact syncing between Address Book and iCloud resulted in a message that said if iCloud contact syncing is turned on Google syncing must be turned off. Googling tells me that lots of people are having this problem, but I'm not finding a solution within all the noise. What am I missing? Any settings to change? Any software? Thanks in advance.
posted by jroybal
on Jan 30, 2012 -
What are iOS apps like Snapseed
, but for video — to add basic effects and color correct videos shot with iPad, iPhone? VideoFX Live
doesn't do the job because it only allows shooting new videos, not edit existing.
posted by vladimirfrolov
on Jan 27, 2012 -
What's the best strategy to do a clean install of Mac OS X and then restore ONLY iTunes/iPhoto libraries, and ensure iOS devices still sync properly? [more inside]
posted by kidbritish
on Oct 10, 2011 -
Use case scenarios: now that iPhones, iPads and Android devices can do a lot of what desktops can do, either natively or through web apps, what are some of the biggest uses/implementations of those devices to access remote computers? In other words, what do YOU use mobile remote desktop services for? [more inside]
posted by malaprohibita
on Oct 7, 2011 -
I'm writing my first iPad 2 app. How can I include the standard iOS buttons for taking a photo and for switching/flipping between front and back cameras? I'm talking strictly about the appearance of the buttons, not about the SDK and the frameworks. [more inside]
posted by shortfuse
on Aug 10, 2011 -
My next task at work is to turn one of our existing web applications into an iPad app. Help me get to the point where I know where to start. [more inside]
posted by le morte de bea arthur
on Jul 15, 2011 -
I am new to an apple developer website.
I have register to a apple developer website and paid $99.
I downloaded IOS 5 beta for iPad 2 GSM and iTunes Beta.
After with all the downloads and installations, When I plug iPad to Itunes beta by wire, It says I have to register the device in apple developer site.
I went to the site and tried everything to find a page where I can register the device and couldn't find it.
Since I am new, please explain to me how to register my device in simple way thanks
posted by omaralarifi
on Jun 12, 2011 -
What connection kit and software do you recommend for amp modeling and recording guitar on iOS? I'd like to plug the guitar into the connector, pick an amp, record stuff, then get the audio files either off the device or into other apps for mixing.
posted by ignignokt
on Apr 25, 2011 -